‘Warsaw Village Band’ & ‘Claire White & Robbie Leask’ @ Aberdeen Arts Centre, 2nd February 2020; prof. Anna Bochenek – the opening of the solo exhibition; Opening of ‘Research Centre for Polish-Lithuanian Studies’

Warsaw Village Band formed in Warszawa, Poland in 1997. They describe what they do as ‘Modern music, played by modern people, inspired by tradition for this and future generations’. Their style is Rootsy, yet experimental, euphoric and haunting. The band has revived many musical traditions that were all but lost in their home country.
They play traditional instruments which are rarely heard in modern music;
frame drums, the hurdy-gurdy, and the suka; a Polish folk fiddle from the
17th century stopped with the fingernails rather than the fingers. Many of the band’s vocals are sung in a loud and powerful style much like the ‘open-
throated’ singing from Bulgaria. Biały głos (white voice) was used by shepherds in the Polish mountains enabling them to be heard over long distances.
The band also incorporates modern elements into their music. 2004
release ‘Wykorzenienie’ (Uprooting) contains scratching by the Polish hip
hop artist DJ Feel-X, Dub sirens and FX brought by the band’s sound
engineer, Mario ‘Activator’ Dziurex. Creating a juxtaposition of new sounds
over old melodies.
Warsaw Village Band signed to German label Jaro Records in 2002
beginning a long-lasting and fruitful relationship. They have continued to release their music on Jaro through to the present day. The band’s profile
dramatically improved in the UK around this time and in 2004 they won the
BBC Radio 3 World Music Award for Best Newcomer.
Their 7th album ‘Sun Celebration’ was released in November 2016. It exalts in the spiritual brotherhood which crosses religious & ethnic boundaries and which the band has experienced on their travels. It presents universal stories told through the oldest Polish folk songs. All this happens in the unique ‘Transminimal-roots’ style of the Warsaw Village Band but on a
completely new scale. The album features guests from various musical worlds, including; Mercedes Peón, an avant-garde vocalist from Spanish
Galicia, Iranian Kemanche genius Kayhan Kalhor and Indian Sarangi virtuoso, Ustad Liaquat Ali Khan.
The album was nominated in the Fusion category for a Songlines 2018
Award.

The new Warsaw Village Band album ‘Mazovian Re: action’ was awarded a
Fryderyk (Polish Grammy) in the best Roots music category and reached
Number 4 in the World Music Charts Europe. It is a symbolic return to the
the band’s musical origins and illustrates the pure joy of working with, and
learning from, the last remaining Mazovian traditional singers.

At a time when Britain is making moves away from Europe, it is vital to
recognize and celebrate the cultural and artistic similarities of our European
brothers and sisters. Warsaw Village Band will bring a Polish identity to the
UK, cement an affinity between us and of course play excellent
‘Transminimal-roots’ music!

Line-up:
Magda Sobzak – Dulcimer (Hackbrett), Vocals
Sylwia Swiatkowska – Violin, Viola, Zuka, Vocals
Karolina Matuszkiewicz – Violin, Vocals
Pawel Mazurczak – Double Bass
Maciej Szajkowski – Frame Drum, Percussion
Piotr Glinski – Drum, Percussion
Milosz Gawrylkiewicz – Trumpet, Fluegelhorn

www.warsawvillageband.net
www.facebook.com/WarsawVillageBand

’Claire White and Robbie Leask’

Come you in about Claire White Shetland··
I’m from Shetland and have been playing fiddle for more than thirty years. I
learned much of what I know from the late, great Dr Tom Anderson, and have traveled worldwide performing and teaching music. With my fiddle on
my back, I’ve so far visited Australia, New Zealand, the United Arab
Emirates, the USA, Canada, Iceland, Norway, Sardinia, Turkey, Italy,
Germany, Slovenia, Estonia, Poland, Ireland, and the UK. In 2016 and 2017
I was honored to curate Shetland Fiddle Frenzy, an annual celebration of our aert-kent music culture.
For the past eight years, I’ve been writing Shetland-themed songs and find myself increasingly drawn to stories of historic events, particularly those involving women. ‘Lasses Trust in Providence’ is the name of a traditional
Shetland fiddle tune but it also neatly describes the content of the album I’m releasing in December 2018. Here are ninth to twenty-first-century women’s tales that illuminate the ‘She’ in Shetland. In dialect and occasionally
English language, songs touch on themes of exploration, witchcraft,

Claire White Shetland
I’m from Shetland and have been playing fiddle for more than thirty years. I
learned much of what I know from the late, great Dr Tom Anderson, and have traveled worldwide performing and teaching music. With my fiddle on
my back, I’ve so far visited Australia, New Zealand, the United Arab
Emirates, the USA, Canada, Iceland, Norway, Sardinia, Turkey, Italy,
Germany, Slovenia, Estonia, Poland, Ireland, and the UK. In 2016 and 2017
I was honored to curate Shetland Fiddle Frenzy, an annual celebration of our aert-kent music culture.
For the past eight years, I’ve been writing Shetland-themed songs and find myself increasingly drawn to stories of historic events, particularly those involving women. ‘Lasses Trust in Providence’ is the name of a traditional
Shetland fiddle tune but it also neatly describes the content of the album I’m releasing in December 2018. Here are ninth to twenty-first-century women’s tales that illuminate the ‘She’ in Shetland. In dialect and occasionally
English language, songs touch on themes of exploration, witchcraft, motherhood, friendship, creativity, work, courage, and survival. Traditional and self-penned, lyrics combine to paint a nuanced picture of island femininity, framed by memorable melodies.